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Any serious cyclists that don't shave their legs?(20 posts)

Any serious cyclists that don't shave their legs?Ken of Fresno
Jun 11, 2002 7:13 AM
How many of you out there race (or ride like you do) and resist the peer pressure, or for whatever reason, do not shave your legs? Not that I'm considering doing either at this point. I'm just curious about the masses.

re: Why shave???pa rider
Jun 11, 2002 7:23 AM
I haven't heard any good reasons why you HAVE to shave. The road rash part is crap form my point. I don't race in packs (road race) and don't crash on road. My mtb skills help in wet conditions and coming from mtb scars aren't that bad.

As for my tt time, I'll never break any records, so I have no advantage in saying my shaved legs will give me a better average. I also like being called a fred, at least I don't wear black socks like I see on some of the old riders (50+ for age).

I have enough problem with cutting my face alone start having to shave my legs as much. My friend Rabbit cut himself last saturday ride we had to ask him if he was trying to see how high he could shave.

My question for the couples who both ride. Do you each use your own razer? Your partner doesn't use yours as well?

I guess I'll never be a true roadie.

Jun 11, 2002 10:17 AM
You could be riding at 23.46 mph, but aerobically it would feel as if you are riding at only 23.45 mph. It's definitely worth it!

It's just an excuse...filtersweep
Jun 11, 2002 3:08 PM
I can see that at the elite level... but it really is like how pro body builders wax their entire body- to show off... and spray on a fake tan (like the before and after... pale, hairy chest, gut sticking out.... somehow lost all the body hair and became tan from working out??). The thing is, how many gymrats follow suit, shave and tan...? Too many!

I don't buy the road rash argument at all. Road rash is road rash... and I can't imagine dragging a razor over it while it is healing. I don't think hair contributes anything to road rash- you can get it easily through the spandex... the shorts will be intact, but the skin will be throughly messed up... and besides, it is almost bad karma to even anticipate that you'll crash (aside from wearing a helmet).

I'm thoroughly convinced shaving has a fetish aspect to it, especially after reading all the "oooh" and "aaaaah" posts.
Word! nmspyderman
Jun 11, 2002 8:28 PM
what does that mean? nmDougSloan
Jun 12, 2002 5:43 AM
Enough about the legs already!bob_vanderhaus
Jun 11, 2002 7:25 AM
Most racers shave their legs, but some don't. We have a few guys on our team that are just not into it. The reason men shave their legs is glamour, make no mistakes about that. I have heard many o people use the line, "it helps the bandage stick better," or "it help with the message,". This is all BS in my opinion!
The reason men shave their legs, including myself, is because they like how their legs look shaved. After spending 15 hours a week training on the bike, you have to have something to show for all that hard work... right?
re: Any serious cyclists that don't shave their legs?HAL9010
Jun 11, 2002 7:31 AM
Nope, don't do it. If (when) I do crash I just shave the hair around the wound where the adhesive of the dressing will hit.
The wound site, well if hair does survive there, JUST DON'T pick at it!

My other two cents:
Aero aspect of shaving; In your head.
Race all the time or frequent crashs; Shure shave.
Camaraderie; Go for it if it makes you feel connected.
I keep the hair on my head somewhat short because I dont care for the hassle. Having to shave something other than my face with any frequency holds no appeal, even less than shaving my face. The hassle factor is my criteria.

Thank you for your attention. Now please return to ignoring me.

of San Diego
I think I'm serious.........Len J
Jun 11, 2002 7:33 AM
I ride approx 200+ miles per week, have almost 4000 miles in this year, ride at a decent pace & don't shave my legs.

Why not?


1.) I don't think there is any real benefit.

2.) It seems like more trouble than it's worth.

3.) The dark side of me enjoys riding people off my wheel who jump to the conclusion that no shaving= weak rider.

4.) I have experienced ingrown hairs caused by bandages. I had a nasty leg cut caused by a circular saw that required two levels of stitches including 15 on the outside, for which they shaved an arrea large enough for the bandages. I developed several ingrown hairs cused by the bandages as the hair grew back. Painful things & purged any desire to shave my legs to help with road rash healing.

5.) As far as "belonging" goes, my experience is that my bike handling & strength overcome my lack of shaving.


re: Dont know about the serious part...jrm
Jun 11, 2002 7:51 AM
Was pressured into it once by some guys i rode/raced with. MY legs looked so goofy shaved it was embarrassing. Not since then have i even considered doing it again.
aero benefits to shaving off eyebrows? any hard data?EpicX
Jun 11, 2002 8:06 AM
yes i shave. probably just habit at this point, can't think of any great reason to do it or stop doing it...
No need ...SingleThreaded
Jun 11, 2002 8:09 AM
My legs are so big they chaff the inside of my pants and wear off the hair. That's the real badge of cycling -- bald calves and thighs. ... and no they aren't Jordache ... LEVI 565s ... these things supposed to be baggy.
How come you never see hairy legs on tv?Ken of Fresno
Jun 11, 2002 8:27 AM
Of all the races I've ever watched I can't recall seeing one (or two) hairy legs. Hmm.
Do it or don't, this topics been beat to Sh*t. n/mmpm32
Jun 11, 2002 8:39 AM
Seems the ones that dont always look for reasons to shave (nm)flying
Jun 11, 2002 9:38 AM
???? this topiczooog
Jun 11, 2002 9:48 AM
I am just glad I get out bed and am able to ride.
For now I'm notPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 11, 2002 10:08 AM
For now I'm not shaving my legs. Until I'm allowed to race let alone ride outside I have no need to spend 15 minutes a day shaving my legs. Anyway if I shave my legs I tend to just spend the extra little bit of time and shave my arms to since its all or nothing for me.

Anyway stubble sucks when it doesn't really matter if your legs are shaved or not!

hey, if I don't shave my facecyclopathic
Jun 11, 2002 11:05 AM
why should I?
to tell the truth I have no point of view (unless ignorance counts like one) just general laziness/lack of time
2 of the strongest cat 1's (former) I ride with don't shaveTig
Jun 11, 2002 11:17 AM
Both are in their late 40's and can ride every one of us off their wheel. Neither race anymore, but are still considered serious riders. Both were cat 1's for 15+ years, and one won a Jr championship in England. The bottom line is, they choose to not shave, and are EXCELLENT riders.
massageTom C
Jun 11, 2002 6:56 PM
That's the only real reason. Complete a 125 mile stage with another to follow the next day and yet another after that interminably for 3 weeks and you'll need a massage to continue. Try to imagine the team masseur doing 10 or more pairs of hairy legs.